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A dark day for women’s rights as Roe v. Wade is overturned

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First of all, a description about Roe V. Wade is required. Norma McCorvey (1947-2017), the plaintiff, filed a federal lawsuit against Henry Wade, the district attorney of Dallas county, Texas, where Roe lived, in 1970 under the fictitious name “Jane Roe” to protect her identity. The Supreme Court made an effort to strike a balance between a woman’s right to privacy and a state’s interest in restricting abortion after rejecting Roe’s statement of an unrestricted right to end a pregnancy in any form and at any time. Blackmun stated that lawmakers must draft statutes carefully “to represent solely the genuine state interests at stake” because only a “compelling state interest” can justify restrictions on “basic rights” like privacy. The state’s compelling interests in pregnant women’s health and the potential lives of foetuses were then balanced by the court. It stated that a state would be permitted to control abortion “about towards the end of the first trimester” of pregnancy if it had a compelling interest in the unborn child’s health. The Court determined that the foetus reached viability, or “capable of meaningful existence outside the mother’s womb,” at around 24 weeks of pregnancy. Roe v. Wade has faced numerous challenges since 1973, but they have not succeeded in overturning it. 

The court has now overruled that earlier decision, thereby allowing states to outlaw abortions before 12 weeks. Although individual states will now have the power to determine whether and how to permit abortions, the practice will not be made automatically banned in the US. Numerous states have enacted “trigger laws” that take effect if Roe v. Wade is struck down. Others have left outdated laws that prohibited abortion before 1973 on the books; they may now be reinstated. Several states have attempted to adopt legislation outlawing abortion during the past ten years, with some exceptions like when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger.

 

As the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse abortion rights became clear to Americans on Friday, protests erupted in Washington, D.C., and in city centers , town plazas, and parks across the country. Some were well-coordinated, while others were not. Outside the Supreme Court, a divided crowd that had gathered early in the day had swelled to thousands of mostly outraged abortion rights demonstrators by evening, clashing with small groups of joyous anti-abortion activists who blew bubbles and celebrated the end of the federal guarantee of access to a safe and legal means of terminating a pregnancy. According to senators and the state’s Republican Party, police used tear gas and Arizona state senators called a recess late Friday after protesters gathered outside the State Capitol, with some banging on the glass. Crowds of abortion rights activists had gathered in front of the building hours earlier in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Thousands gathered in New York City on Friday, hours after the United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, to express their fears and anger over the historic decision to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion. According to the CDC, 92.8 percent of abortions occur during the first trimester. The majority of abortion patients are unmarried, though they may be living with a partner.

 

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights, 40 million women of childbearing age will live in states where abortion will become more difficult to obtain. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 630,000 abortions were performed in the United States in 2019, though Guttmacher’s own research suggests it may be closer to 860,000. According to the CDC, 92.8 percent of abortions are performed during the first trimester. The majority of abortion patients are unmarried, though they may be living with a partner at the time. One in every ten women who have abortions are teenagers, with the majority being in their twenties. Approximately 60% of people who have abortions have previously given birth, and nearly 60% have never had an abortion. It is indeed a huge step backward for the women in America as rights to their bodily autonomy have been taken away in such a crude fashion.

 

Written by: Relaks Radio

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